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Clippings by Andy Kirkaldy: First the guns, then the cars ... or not

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



I’m not trying to scare business away from my good friends at Vermont Field Sports, who tell me they always see sales spike when gun control hits the news, but it’s safe to say the state’s law-abiding hunters can breathe easy. No one is coming for their rifles, or is going to pass a law that says they can’t buy newer, better ones.

That’s not really the point of the current discussion on guns — and, make no mistake about it, it’s time to talk.

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VUHS spending driven by higher special education costs

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A major increase in special education costs led the Vergennes Union High School board on Monday to propose a 2013-2014 budget that, if approved by Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters in March, would boost VUHS spending by 5.98 percent.

The board’s final proposal after a number of meetings is just $162 short of $9.5 million and calls for a spending increase of almost $535,670.

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ANwSU tax rates seen rising by 7 to 9.6 cents

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
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VERGENNES — With Monday’s adoption of a proposed $9.5 million Vergennes Union High School budget, estimates for Addison Northwest Supervisory Union school tax rates have also been released and show a range of increase from about 7 to 9.6 cents in the five towns.

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UPDATE: Vergennes police make big heroin bust in Ferrisburgh

Posted on January 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Editor's note: This story has been updated since it was originally posted to add information on other drug busts in the county.

FERRISBURGH — Vergennes and Vermont State Police on Monday arrested two Ferrisburgh men and one Cornwall man on a number of drug charges, most notably the sale of heroin.

This was the latest in a string of arrests involving the sale of heroin in Addison County.

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City jumps on solar deal; Ferrisburgh still investigating

Posted on January 14, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — While Ferrisburgh continues with a cautious approach to a solar array on town property that some estimate could net the town a half-million dollars over the next two decades, the city of Vergennes has jumped in and put making a similar deal on the fast track.

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Tiger boys' hockey ties Essex, 1-1, but loses to Rice, 3-1

Posted on January 14, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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TIGER SENIOR TREVOR Emilo breaks through two Rice defenders during Saturday’s game in Middlebury. The Tigers lost the game, 3-1. That followed a 1-1 tie vs. Essex on the previous Wednesday.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Commodore boys' basketball team pulls away from Eagles

Posted on January 11, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The visiting Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team took a first-quarter lead at Vergennes on Tuesday and hung close to the undefeated Commodores through early in the second half, but ultimately VUHS pulled away for an 87-48 win.

When Mount Abe junior Sawyer Kamman (a team-high 16 points) sank a three-pointer to open the second half, the 1-7 Eagles trailed by just 44-32 in front of the typically big crowd for this rivalry game.  

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Middlebury selectmen work toward town budget goal

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Monday made final its decision to increase town spending to about $8.94 million in fiscal year 2014, a move that will mean a 5.5-cent increase in the town portion of the Middlebury property tax rate to 91.86 cents

If approved by voters in March, the $8.94 million budget will mean a $55 tax hike per $100,000 of assessed value for town property owners.

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Aldermen to finalize city police station plan Jan. 29

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley on Wednesday said the city council must make a couple more decisions on their proposal for a new police station before it is ready for a Town Meeting Day vote.

Aldermen plan to meet on Jan. 29 to make final a bond amount and prepare a warning for residents’ approval in March, Hawley said, with it almost certainly intended to finance a 5,940-square-foot, 24-room station on the former North Main Street home of Vergennes Auto Sales.

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Residents, officials consider Monroe Street safety

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Monday told more than a half-dozen Monroe Street residents that the town would study, in Chairman Dean George’s words, “traffic-calming and other alternatives” to make a short stretch of their road safer.

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